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‘SmartRoad’ technology on Jane Addams Tollway

By: Marni Pyke

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Tollway leaders turned on the Jane Addams Tollway’s “SmartRoad” Tuesday, activating 29 dynamic message boards that display real-time traffic information and allow for express Pace buses on the shoulder.

The digital signs between Barrington Road and O’Hare International Airport also deliver alerts and direct drivers into lanes when crashes occur.

“The Northwest suburbs’ biggest-ever transit improvement is finished,” Pace Chairman Richard Kwasneski said before transportation leaders clambered onto one of the express buses for a test run.

The new technology, costing $33 million, is a first for Illinois and may offer a learning curve for some drivers, explained tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov.

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